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Tennessee's biggest Powerball winner keeps low profile

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Posted: April 6, 2011, 7:02 pm - IP Logged

Now thats a great lottery story.

These are the stories that should be in that show in TV that likes to make lottery winners like total idiots. I am so happy for them. Obviously the happiness they're drawing from the money will make them live forever.

Totally agree.

The vast majority of lottery winners don't implode and end up on social security! Just imagine how many big winners there are per year across the world - yet the focus is nearly always on the handful of bad news stories??

But I guess if we don't want 'idiot lottery winner' TV shows, it's up to us to complain to the TV companies to say so.

Wouldn't it be great to see a show where winners take you through their new happy, wealthy lives? That's a show I'd much rather watch.

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    Posted: April 6, 2011, 8:02 pm - IP Logged

    I guess ultimately the winners dont have to concede to an interview, but yeah it is unnerving that they continue after you. Maybe these winners were hounded enough and worked a deal to say "ok, if I interview you, will you go away?"

    And nickey t, you may want to update your signature. I like it and its a great idea, but you might want to change that to Navy Seals, as the Army does not have Seals. We have Rangers and Special Forces :)

    One of my fantasies with the big, big money would be to hire a private investigator to look into the backgrounds and activities of overly-pesky reporters and publish their personal information. "What's good for the goose…" and all. As you can imagine, I'm not a big fan of reporters who hound people. Red Devil

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      Posted: April 6, 2011, 8:08 pm - IP Logged

      Totally agree.

      The vast majority of lottery winners don't implode and end up on social security! Just imagine how many big winners there are per year across the world - yet the focus is nearly always on the handful of bad news stories??

      But I guess if we don't want 'idiot lottery winner' TV shows, it's up to us to complain to the TV companies to say so.

      Wouldn't it be great to see a show where winners take you through their new happy, wealthy lives? That's a show I'd much rather watch.

      Then you're looking for "The Lottery Changed My Life" on TLC. It's a very good show that looks at the good side of lottery winners.

      My favorite was the guy who said he spent the first hour after getting the money deposited in his account calling the bank's automated machine just so he could hear his balance over, and over, and over, and over again. Big Smile

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        Posted: April 6, 2011, 9:28 pm - IP Logged

        WHY ARE THE REPORTERS STILL STAWKLING HERE!!!???? ... as long as they have your name and phone, they will keep at it until you give them, at least, a phone interview [?] .. c'mon - there should be a law about bothering lottery winners .. really .. Cussing Face

        and a person has the CHOICE to decline , there is a hang up button . No harm no foul in expressing the truth on how their lifestyles have stayed grounded in reality.

        I was pleased that the One lady continued to work, shows she has integrity to still be a positive force. SO often people think its Selfish by not letting someone else have her job, why should she quit if that is her calling. She deserves to remain employed she didnt violate any employment rules by winning....

        Everyday we have a CHOICE to work or not. Most would say its the consequences of not working and paying for the american dream that keeps them hitting the alarm clock and getting up.

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          Posted: April 6, 2011, 9:58 pm - IP Logged

          Good Luck to you so do I deserve also

          Take care

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            Posted: April 6, 2011, 10:06 pm - IP Logged

            and a person has the CHOICE to decline , there is a hang up button . No harm no foul in expressing the truth on how their lifestyles have stayed grounded in reality.

            I was pleased that the One lady continued to work, shows she has integrity to still be a positive force. SO often people think its Selfish by not letting someone else have her job, why should she quit if that is her calling. She deserves to remain employed she didnt violate any employment rules by winning....

            Everyday we have a CHOICE to work or not. Most would say its the consequences of not working and paying for the american dream that keeps them hitting the alarm clock and getting up.

            Hum, TheGameGrl, I don't understand your last two paragraphs, as they weren't comparing apples to apples, but rather an apple to an orange.  The woman who is still working had to.  How could one retire when: 1. You only win $1,000,000 gross; 2. The win is reduced to $650, 000 net after the fed taxes were taken out within the following 12 months (good thing since she bought and lives in Tennessee which I think still didn't tax lottery earnings the year she won, as they don't currently!); 3. You probably gave your son $120,000+ of that net amount to have rescued him from bankruptcy, foreclosure, and probably gave him $10K+ for his checking account so he didn't fall into further despair; and 4. You probably spent another $80,000+ on the mentioned grandchild's 4 years bachelors degree purchase. 

            Consequently, her apx. $450,000 remainder ain't much to live on.  Hopefully, she found a way to insure three-fourths of it to make 4.5% to 5% per year on it (before paying taxes on the interest).  Maybe she owned her own newer and well maintained/reliable home and car at the time that she won, so she was therefore able to keep expenses somewhat low, and has been smart enough to keep travel rare, or to a minimum, and within her own country).  Even so, by this year, she's probably wishing that she had a few million dollars net in order to be able to "retire" ... working is often such a miserable experience due to the uncontrolled folks one is forced to interact with daily.  That's why probably 50% of adults play the lottery at least monthly.

            Congratulations to both winners -- who won VERY different sized lottery jackpot amounts -- approximate net $8,970,000 vs. net $650,000. Lovies

            Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

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              Posted: April 6, 2011, 10:41 pm - IP Logged

              That's how you do it, keep a low profile (well, except for the part where they talk to the media about how they've won and bought 3 vehicles and a vacation house immediately after they won).

              If I were to win tonight with $70m I'd allot some winnings to my dad, some to my two brothers (the oldest one who takes care of the youngest) and some donations. Obviously I'd keep a fair share but in the first year I'd get decent vehicle but not much else and then later on get a house. I wouldn't really tell anyone else and think I could get by without being too obvious, especially if I split the winnings up among other relatives who could benefit and I think we could all keep one another grounded on not spending too crazily.

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                It is good to see some positive stories, it seems like only the negative ones get the attention.  It's important to stay grounded and not forget who you are.  I'd probably pay off my house and get a new vehicle for my wife(her's is 8 years old).  My vehicle is only 2 years old and paid for, because when my other car was rear ended and totaled, I took the $5000 the insurance company gave me and made a down payment on the cheapest new car in town, then used money from the injury settlement to make a big payment.  Between this and paying more than the minimum note, I had the car paid off in a year.

                If nobody bothered us, we'd probably stay in our house, maybe fix it up a little, and just enjoy life, not living too lavishly, and not flaunting it.

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                  Posted: April 6, 2011, 11:18 pm - IP Logged

                  I guess ultimately the winners dont have to concede to an interview, but yeah it is unnerving that they continue after you. Maybe these winners were hounded enough and worked a deal to say "ok, if I interview you, will you go away?"

                  And nickey t, you may want to update your signature. I like it and its a great idea, but you might want to change that to Navy Seals, as the Army does not have Seals. We have Rangers and Special Forces :)

                  good looking out .. all i know is that a SEAL kicks azz .. and i upted the number too! now the reporters really need to be scared should i win .. one day .. didn't tonight No No

                  when i win - solo, my lawyer will be instructed to say "a group of 52 retired navy seals have won" -- you know, to get the haters off my butt .. Sulk Off

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                    Posted: April 8, 2011, 11:42 am - IP Logged

                    Great lottery story.... When I win no one in my family will know except my husband....we are telling no one including our mothers....I know it sounds bad, but if they found out it would be a complete mess!!!  They will get money/gifts monthly but not extremely large amounts...don't want them to suspect that something is up.....not trying to be cruel, but everyone knows there own family!!!!

                    All things are possible to those that believe!!!!!!Wink

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                      Posted: April 8, 2011, 12:22 pm - IP Logged

                      You pretty much have to keep a low profile if you win big bucks in Tennessee.

                      There's an army of slack-jawed, mullet-headed morons just north of us.


                                                                   
                                           
                                                               

                       

                       

                       

                       

                                                                                                                         

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                        Posted: April 8, 2011, 12:36 pm - IP Logged

                        You pretty much have to keep a low profile if you win big bucks in Tennessee.

                        There's an army of slack-jawed, mullet-headed morons just north of us.

                        Now ridge i thought you liked tiggs lol.

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                          Posted: April 8, 2011, 12:42 pm - IP Logged

                          Congratulations to this Powerball winner. I didn't know why Bobbi continues to work on projects.

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                            Now ridge i thought you liked tiggs lol.

                            I think he's a hell of a guy and I'm a pretty big old boy but you let a bunch of them little mullet-heads get the drop on ya and they're on ya like a pack o' rats. Cain't never tell what they're commencin to do, specially them ones with them eyes lookin every whuchaway.


                                                                         
                                                 
                                                                     

                             

                             

                             

                             

                                                                                                                               

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                              Posted: April 9, 2011, 9:48 pm - IP Logged

                              Sounds like their smart enough to let someone who is more experienced and qualified to handle
                              the money; and not to go overboard with their spendings. Now, as for the conspiracy theory; I'm
                              sure that the lottery officials launched an investigation as soon as they discovered that the store
                              owners had won the ticket. if there had been foul play it would have been discovered, and we
                              would have been reading and posting about the Tennessee store owners who tried to cheat
                              a patron out of a jackpot.

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